SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Washington politicians push for reckless changes to federal law that would deny care to millions of Illinois residents, strip insurance from people with pre-existing conditions and increase premiums, state Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is fighting to ensure no one can be denied care because of their medical history.
“Donald Trump and his extreme Washington allies are more focused on boosting corporate profits than helping expand health care access for families,” Jones said. “My legislation will guarantee those with pre-existing conditions will continue to receive the care they need.”
Jones sponsored House Bill 2959 to prevent insurance companies from selling policies in Illinois from discriminating against the sickest, oldest and most in need of care. Jones’ state-level protections would help people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes or heart disease continue to have access to affordable health insurance. The legislation passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and now goes to Governor Rauner for further consideration.
Jones is also urging President Donald Trump and Congress to halt efforts to pass the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare. The passage of Trumpcare would result in 24 million individuals across the United States losing access to health insurance, as well as make it more difficult for individuals with preexisting conditions to receive care. Jones is sponsoring a resolution stating the General Assembly’s opposition to Trumpcare.
“Trumpcare would be devastating for Illinois and would result in many families in our community losing access to health care,” Jones said. “I strongly urge Congress to stand up to President Trump and stop this dangerous bill from ever becoming law.”